Sabtu, 25 Juni 2016

TASK FORCE TO ERADICATE ILLEGAL INVESTMENT PRACTICES

By Andi Abdussalam
       Jakarta, June 25 (Antara) - The government will set up investment-alert task forces in the region to overcome rampant illegal investment practices that offer fictitious business opportunities to the public in the region.
      The regional investment-alert task force will follow the central government's Investment-alert Task Force formed in 2007 to tackle illegal investment practices.
      Seven ministries/institutions are involved as members of the central government's Investment-alert Task Force. These are the Financial Service Authority (OJK), the Trade Ministry, the Communication and Informatics Ministry, and the Cooperatives and Small Enterprises Ministry, apart from the Attorney General, the National Police and the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
      The main task of the regional investment-alert task force is to prevent and handle illegal investment practices that are rampant in many regions of the country.
      Therefore, the government, through the Investment-alert Task Force of the seven ministries/institutions, will set up the same task forces in the region.

Rabu, 22 Juni 2016

BEEF IMPORTS TO BRING DOWN SOARING PRICES ARRIVING

BY Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, June 23 (Antara) - The high demand for beef in the current fasting month of Ramadan has caused the price of the commodity to soar from some Rp90 thousand to about Rp125 thousand-Rp130 thousand per kilogram (kg).
         The prices had also sky-rocketed in several regions few days before the arrival of the fasting month. Beef prices soared to Rp170 thousand per kg in Aceh, Rp160 thousand per kg in West Kalimantan, Rp120 thousand per kg in Jakarta, and Rp90 thousand per kg in cattle-rearing regions, including East Java.
          President Joko Widodo had earlier given directives that commodity prices during the fasting month and its subsequent Ied Fitr, or Lebaran festivities, should not increase. The head of state made it clear that the price of beef should be maintained at Rp80 thousand per kg.
         In an attempt to bring down beef prices as suggested by the president, the government is importing beef. It even diverted the commodity, which was earlier imported for food industries, to public consumers.


GOVERNMENT OPTIMISTIC OF ACHIEVING 5.1 PERCENT GROWTH

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, June 22 (Antara) - The government and House of Representatives' Commission XI on financial affairs have agreed to revise down the nation's economic growth target due to the global economic slowdown that continues to affect several nations' economies.
        The government had set the economic growth target at 5.3 percent in the 2016 State Budget, however, only 4.92 percent was recorded in the first quarter of 2016.
        In order to meet the set target, the government should achieve a growth of 5.42 percent in the remaining three quarters, which is a challenging task, taking into account the current economic conditions.
         Therefore, the government and Commission XI had agreed on June 7 to change the 2016 economic growth target from 5.3 percent to 5.1 percent in the draft 2016 revised budget. 
    This implies that with the 4.92 percent growth recorded in the first quarter of this year, the government has to achieve an economic growth of 5.16 percent in the remaining three quarters to meet the 5.1 percent target set in the draft revised state budget this year.

        The Indonesian central bank, or Bank Indonesia (BI), has forecast that the country's economy would grow between 4.9 and five percent in the second quarter of this year, or falling slightly short of the target.

Selasa, 21 Juni 2016

BINTAN ISLAND READY TO GREET LEBARAN VISITORS

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, June 21 (Antara) - Bintan, a tourist resort island close to Singapore as well as to Malaysia's Johor Bahru, in the Riau Island Province, is now ready to greet foreign tourists and local visitors expected to arrive during the post-fasting Lebaran holidays.
         Millions of Muslims across the country are expected to visit or even spend holidays in tourist resort areas after having fasted for one whole month and subsequently celebrated the Ied Fitr or Lebaran festivities.
         Lebaran revelers in Riau Islands or those from other provinces in Sumatra can enjoy their Lebaran holidays in Bintan Island. Bintan is one of the tourist resorts being developed by the government to help achieve its target to attract 20 million tourists by 2020.
         The rising number of well-known tourist resorts in the country with world-class facilities, such as those in Bintan, will help increase the number of foreign tourist arrivals, thus making it possible for the country to achieve its foreign tourism target.
       Additional tourism facilities such as those in Bintan will provide better hospitality. These will not be inferior to those offered in other places.
         Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Bintan, Riau Islands, offers 10 tourist destinations for holidaymakers visiting during the post-fasting Lebaran holidays.
         The ten places are Pantai Lagoi Bay beach, Lagoi Love Lock Plaza, Lagoi Mangrove Tourism, Dugong Trikora beacg, Pasir Putih white sandy beach, Kota Kijang Park, Pantai Sakera beach, Museum Bahari maritime museum,  Antam Kijang Relief park and  Bukit Batu religious tourism destination.

Minggu, 19 Juni 2016

PEOPLE WARNED OF DISASTERS DURING WET DRY SEASON

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, June 19 (Antara) - The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned the people of possible natural disasters such as floods, landslides and whirlwinds during the wet dry season.
         High intensity of rainfall is expected to take place in Indonesia in the coming several months as a result of the La Nina weather phenomenon.
         According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of the Data and Information Center of the BNPB, most parts of Indonesia should have entered the dry season period. Drought should have taken place since mid June this month.
         However, rain with high intensity still often falls. The La Nina weather phenomenon will be detected clearly in July, August and September this year. It will have impact on the increase in rainfall during the dry season.
         Thus, this year's dry season is a wet dry season given the fact that during the dry season the intensity of rainfall is still high.

Sabtu, 18 Juni 2016

OPERATOR PREPARING FERRIES FOR LEBARAN TRAVELERS

 By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, June 18 (Antara) - The Merak-Bakauheni and Ketapang-Gilimanuk are the two crossing lanes that are the busiest during post-fasting Ied Fitr or Lebaran festivities season.
         Merak and Bakauheni harbors are both ferry ports that connect the western tip of Java and the eastern part of Sumatra.
         On the other hand, the Ketapang and Gilimanuk are two ferry ports that connect Java on the eastern tip of the island with the Indonesian tourist resort Island of Bali.
         As the Lebaran season is only about two weeks away, state-owned ferry operator ASDP Indonesia has prepared about 52 ferries to serve the Ketapang-Gilimanuk crossing trips and 56 ferries to cater to Lebaran travelers willing to cross the Sunda Strait from Java to Sumatra or the other way around.
        "Some 56 of the 59 ferries at Merak port will serve Lebaran travelers during the Lebaran season this year," PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry for Merak branch, Tommy Kaunan, said last week.
         The ASDP data showed that the number of ferry trips for the Merak-Bakauheni crossing, the busiest route, will increase by two percent from 1,566 last year to 1,597 this year.

Jumat, 17 Juni 2016

TRANSPORTATION MODES BEING READIED FOR LEBARAN

 
By Andi Abdussalam
         Jakarta, June 17 (Antara) - The Transportation Ministry has prepared land, sea and air transportation modes to deal with the exodus of post-fasting month of Eid-Al-Fitr or Lebaran travelers.   
        Some 45 thousand buses, 447 trains with 1,400 carriages, 140 ships and 529 airplanes will be operated to transport millions of Lebaran revelers.
        "We will evaluate all transportation modes to decide which modes can be operated and which cannot in an effort to provide a convenient passage for passengers," Transportation Minister Jonan said in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan on Friday.
        The minister was making an observation tour of Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, to see the readiness of the Trisakti Seaport and Syamsudin Noor Airport in South Kalimantan.
        Minister Jonan said four modes of air, land, sea and railway transportation systems had been readied three months ago. However, some of them are still under examination.